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Sunday, August 5th in Early Childhood KidzTown

BABIES & TODDLERS: HANNAH AND SAMUEL (1 SAMUEL 1-3)

This week our story was about Samuel. We discussed how Samuel’s mom, Hannah, prayed to God for a baby. When Samuel was a a little boy, God called Samuel while he was sleeping and Samuel woke up and listened to God.

 ACTIVITY IDEA: This week give your child opportunities to be a good helper and/or point out the times when they are a good helper. Discuss how Samuel helped by serving God and we can do that too!   

NEXT WEEK: David & Goliath (1 Samuel 17) 

PRESCHOOL & PRE-K: PAUL GAVE HOPE (UNIT 35, SESSION 2)

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God 

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to come back? We follow Jesus and tell everyone about Him.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • God teaches us through the Bible.
  • Jesus promised He would come back.
  • Paul said to be ready for Jesus to come back.
  • People who love Jesus will be with Him forever.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: Consider how your life would change if you could know the future—if you could accurately predict the weather or outcomes of baseball game. If you could know how your life is going to turn out, would you live today differently? In the bigger picture of God’s plan for the world, we do know the future. God reveals the outcome of His plan for humanity in His Word.

In the Book of 1 Thessalonians, Paul writes about the future to encourage believers facing persecution. Their hope as believers then is the same as our hope as believers today. We look forward to a final resurrection, the return of Jesus, and the judgment of the world.

Around AD 50, the city of Thessalonica was filled with those who worshiped idols, Greek and Roman gods, and even the Roman emperor himself. So when Paul started a church there, he quickly faced persecution and was forced to flee the city. Even though he could not return, Paul still loved the young church and was concerned for them, so he sent Timothy to check on the believers.

Timothy reported back with good news—though the church was suffering from persecution, they were holding tightly to their faith. They did have some misunderstandings about Christianity, especially the return of Jesus, but they were working hard for the Lord. Paul wrote a letter to encourage the believers and to clear up misunderstandings about the future and what happens when Christians die. 

CHRIST CONNECTION: The prophets in the Old Testament told about the Day of the Lord, a day when God would come to judge the world and save His people. Paul said that in the future, on the Day of the Lord, Jesus will return for His people and judge the wicked. Believers live with hope, knowing that Jesus will come again.

Paul’s letter gave believers hope. Help your kids understand this week that the hope we find in the Bible is stronger than just wanting something to happen; biblical hope is expecting with confidence because we know God is faithful and true.

 ACTIVITY IDEA:  As a family, read Psalm 119 together. It’s such a long chapter you might want to break it up over the whole week. King David wrote this Psalm and it reminds us how important God’s words are to us; how valuable they are for living a righteous life. Talk about the ways God’s words help you make good decisions. Then, worship and thank God for giving us His words, the Bible.

Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional (http://gatewaychurch.org/whats-up-in-kidztown/using-the-gospel-project-as-a-family-devotional/)

NEXT WEEK: “Remember God’s Truth” (Jude 3-4, 17-25)

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Sunday, July 29th in Early Childhood KidzTown

BABIES & TODDLERS: MOSES AND THE EXODUS

This week our story was about Moses and how God used Moses to lead God’s people out of Egypt.

 ACTIVITY IDEA: This week as your help your little one identify people in their life and how they are all a part of God’s people. Say: “God leads everyone – mommies, daddies, [etc.], and you!”

NEXT WEEK: Hannah & Samuel (1 Samuel 1-2)

 

PRESCHOOL & PRE-K: PAUL’S LETTER TO PHILEMON (UNIT 35, SESSION 1)

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: All scripture is inspired by God. 1 Timothy 3:16  

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to come back? We follow Jesus and tell everyone about Him. 

FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • God teaches us through the Bible.
  • Paul asked Philemon to forgive Onesimus.
  • Jesus wants us to do what is right because we love Him.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: 

During this unit, we will be looking at how God gave hope to Christians while they waited for Jesus’ return. Paul was a prisoner under house arrest in Rome when a man named Onesimus (oh NESS ih muhs) came to visit him. Onesimus was a slave who had run away from a wealthy man named Philemon. As it turned out, Paul was a friend of Philemon. So when Paul told Onesimus the good news about Jesus and Onesimus believed, Paul desired forgiveness and reconciliation between Onesimus and Philemon—now brothers in Christ.

So Paul wrote a letter and told Onesimus to take it to Philemon. The Book of Philemon is the letter written by Paul to Philemon. Though Onesimus had become dear to him and Paul wanted Onesimus to stay with him in Rome, Paul sent him back to Philemon with his letter.

In the letter, Paul urged Philemon to forgive Onesimus and treat him as a fellow brother in Christ. Paul even offered to pay Onesimus’s debt for him. Though Paul could have used his authority as an apostle of Christ to force Philemon to do what he wanted, Paul instead appealed to him as a friend and a fellow believer. He urged Philemon to treat Onesimus as if he were Paul himself—with love and kindness.

Paul offered to pay Onesimus’s debt to make peace between him and Philemon. In this way, Paul acted like Jesus, who makes peace between God and man. Jesus took the punishment we deserve for our sin. He paid our debt so that we can be forgiven and welcomed by God as brothers and sisters of Jesus. (See Heb. 2:11.)

CHRIST CONNECTION: Paul’s letter serves as a reminder to us that everyone is equal before Jesus. People from completely different backgrounds—like Paul, a former Jewish leader; Onesimus, a runaway slave; and Philemon, a Gentile slave-owner—are brought together by the gospel under the lordship of Jesus Christ. In light of God’s love for us, remind your kids this week that we can be loving, kind, and forgiving to our brothers and sisters in Christ for the glory of God. 

 ACTIVITY IDEA:  Discuss a recent situation where you preschooler was upset with someone (i.e. sibling, friend, etc). Discuss with them just like Jesus died to forgive us of our sins, we can be loving, kind, and forgiving to the people in our life. Encourage your preschooler to draw a picture to give to the person they were upset with, to tell them that they love them.

Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional (http://gatewaychurch.org/whats-up-in-kidztown/using-the-gospel-project-as-a-family-devotional/)

NEXT WEEK: “Paul Gave Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)

 

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